The PROTHONOTARY, DON PEDRO DE AYALA, to FERDINAND and ISABELLA.
I think your Majestics have already heard that the King of England has equipped a fleet in order to discover certain islands and continents which he ‘was informed some people
from Bristol, who manned a few ships for the same purpose last year, had found.
I have seen the map which the discoverer has made, who is another Genoese, like Columbus,and who has been in Seville and in Lisbon, asking assistance
for his discoveries.
The people of Bristol have, for the last seven years, sent out every year two, three, or four light ships (caravelas), in search of the island of Brazil and the seven cities, according to the fancy of this Genoese.